Interview with a New North Korean Refugee Joining Empower House (SK)

Q. What is your goal in joining Empower House? A. I would like to pass the GED (U.S. high school diploma equivalency exam) Q. What made you decide to join Empower House? A. As I lived in America, many people asked me whether I graduated from high school. Q. What would you like to do […]

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Interview with a New North Korean Refugee Joining Empower House (HK)

Q. What would you like to achieve by joining our program? A. I hope to learn English and other subjects through a good systematic program. Q. Why made you decide to join Empower House? A. Other North Korean refugees that previously took part in Empower House recommended the program to me for its customized programming […]

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Our Newest North Korean American!! on receiving her citizenship

Everyone has their homeland and becomes a citizen of the country when they are old enough. I also have my homeland where I was born, but I do not have the citizenship of my country because I fled from the land to China to have freedom.  I was 17 years old then. It was before […]

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Married Couple from Empower House!!

What better moments are there for us, ENoK, than to witness two North Korean refugees in our program begin a relationship during their stay at Empower House and finally get married after finishing our program!? Here are a few words from the bridegroom: It has been a long time since I updated about my life […]

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Introducing Our New Empower House Director!

Last fall, after having decided to take a year off after graduation, I was constantly troubled by the question, “So what should I do during the gap year?” I was a typical fourth year in college who was afraid of entering the reality of society at the end of the life as a student. I […]

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Update from a former Empower House student, now in college!

(Only a dozen words were edited from our friend’s original version.) I would like to update my life as a college student in the United States because of my intention to express my deep gratitude for ENoK and the people who made my dream possible. Before sharing my experience in college, I would like to […]

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A Few Words of Wisdom from Empower House Director

(JC, introduced in this blog series a couple of years ago as a summer intern, has served Empower House as its resident director this past year. In this blog post, JC describes his duties and some thoughts on his experience as the In-House Director.) As a recent college graduate, I have been in many situations […]

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Sylvie’s Visit to GW Bush Center

[Sylvie (alias) is a graduate from Empower House studying in college now. She visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center late November to discuss North Korean Human Rights and Education for Defectors. Sylvie shares her thoughts after the visit.] Last October, I attended a conference for North Korea in Washington D.C. area. The conference was […]

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Jonathan’s Visit to GW Bush Center

[Jonathan (alias) is a graduate from Empower House studying in college now. He visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center late November to discuss North Korean Human Rights and Education for Defectors. The reflection below was not translated by ENoK but written directly by Jonathan.] For me as a North Korean refugee, it was an […]

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Former Empower House Refugee Student, Now a Master’s Student

Hi, I came to the US in 2012 and began participating in Empower House program in 2014. Now I’m also a graduate student in a theological seminary. When I first came to the US, I was part of a Korean community in California where I didn’t feel the need to learn English. As time passed […]

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